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The Netflix Effect: Corrosive Storytelling and the Human Person. The popular Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of Beth Harmon, a fictional teenage chess prodigy turned international Grand Master.

The Netflix Effect: Corrosive Storytelling and the Human Person

Although the show is based on The Queen’s Gambit: A Novel, written by Walter Tevis and published in 1983, its writer and director Frank Scott altered the plot in ways that significantly changed the portrayal of the protagonist. This divergence fits a pattern one could call the Netflix Effect: rather than telling stories that reflect the human capacity to be better than we might be, Netflix original programming tends to display humans as enslaved to our passions. In his Poetics, Aristotle writes that poetry (from poesis, making, applying to the act of creating fiction) describes what “might be,” as opposed to what is. Shows that exhibit the Netflix Effect tell a story through excellent attention to plot, characterization, setting, costuming—all the elements of contemporary storycraft—but they shape that story into a darker version of itself.

Tips for Becoming a Crochet Blogger. I have shared a post in the past called 3 Things that Helped Me Become a Better Crocheter which has become one of our most-read blog posts and something that I receive a lot of feedback on comments about.

Tips for Becoming a Crochet Blogger

The three tips I shared, are one, practice every day, two, share every day, and three, learn to fix mistakes in your work as soon as you notice them. Deepfakes Are Going To Wreak Havoc On Society. We Are Not Prepared. Last month during ESPN’s hit documentary series The Last Dance, State Farm debuted a TV commercial that has become one of the most widely discussed ads in recent memory.

Deepfakes Are Going To Wreak Havoc On Society. We Are Not Prepared.

It appeared to show footage from 1998 of an ESPN analyst making shockingly accurate predictions about the year 2020. As it turned out, the clip was not genuine: it was generated using cutting-edge AI. The commercial surprised, amused and delighted viewers. What viewers should have felt, though, was deep concern. Can a Good God Bring Pain? Do you believe that God can author pain or suffering in your life for your good?

Can a Good God Bring Pain?

Could affliction, from a larger, longer perspective, be a carefully, lovingly chosen method for blessing? Some say absolutely not. If our heavenly Father brings pain, he would be an abusive parent. Charisma Magazine. ‘Show Up With Hope’: Anne Lamott’s Plan for Facing Adversity. Caring for Your Introvert. Are introverts oppressed?

Caring for Your Introvert

I would have to say so. For one thing, extroverts are overrepresented in politics, a profession in which only the garrulous are really comfortable. Look at George W. Bush. Look at Bill Clinton. Ten Cautions for Gifted Leaders. The Dark Side of Wives Submitting to Husbands — Charisma Magazine. Ten Kinds of People Nobody Can Help - Mattera Ministries International.

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics. Tell Yourself the Truth. My Official Break Up with Complementarian Theology. I listened to a sermon today.

My Official Break Up with Complementarian Theology

That’s not too odd, considering it’s Sunday and I’m a regular church attendee. But, I listened to a really, really good sermon today (which doesn’t happen every time I attend church). The sermon was about walls—walls we build and walls we tear down. It wasn’t just about our personal walls, but social and cultural walls. Walls sometimes play a positive role, providing protection and security. Elizabeth Smart Is Standing Up for Rape Victims—And Tearing Down Purity Culture. 7 False Teachers in the Church Today - Tim Challies. How Jesus Called Out False Teachers and Deadly Doctrine - Tim Challies. Transgender Children...A Christian Leader's Response ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN'S MINISTRY. The front cover of a recent National Geographic Magazine issue was titled "Gender Revolution" and featured a picture of nine-year-old Avery Jackson of Kansas City.

Transgender Children...A Christian Leader's Response ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Avery has lived as an openly transgender girl since the age of five. 59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They're Trying to Tell Us Why. By Sam Eaton From the depths of my heart, I want to love church.

59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They're Trying to Tell Us Why

'Love the Sinner' Shows Christian Guilt in Pulse Tragedy. In many ways, the short film Love the Sinner is a coming-out story for one of its directors.

'Love the Sinner' Shows Christian Guilt in Pulse Tragedy

Jessica Devaney (Speed Sisters) is queer. However, the focus for the filmmaker — a vocal activist against xenophobia, racism, and homophobia and a founder of the Queer Producers Collective — is not her sexuality. It is her faith. A former evangelical Christian, Devaney once marched with the “moral majority” against women’s rights, gay rights, and many other causes she now champions.

9 Groups of People Your Church Isn’t Reaching. Paul wrote the following in his first letter to the Corinthians: “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people — not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters.

9 Groups of People Your Church Isn’t Reaching

In that case, you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy . . . BREAKING: Ontario passes ‘totalitarian’ bill allowing gov’t to take kids from Christian homes. TORONTO, June 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne Liberals have passed what critics describe as “totalitarian” Bill 89 by a vote of 63 to 23 on the last day before Queen’s Park adjourns for the summer. Pro-family advocates warn Bill 89 gives the state more power to seize children from families that oppose the LGBTQI and gender ideology agenda, and allows government agencies to effectively ban couples who disagree with that agenda from fostering or adopting children.

Bill 89, or the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017, repeals and replaces the former Child and Family Services Act that governs child protection services, and adoption and foster care services. It adds “gender identity” and “gender expression” as factors to be considered “in the best interests of the child.” Why Trump Can and Should Pull Out of Paris Climate Change Agreement. The 10 Points of Reformation For The Church Regarding Women – Welton Academy.

Why Your Best Leaders Leave Your Church. Tim Keller: 3 Questions Fake Christians Can't Answer. Tim Keller offers a group of “questions designed to wake up sleeping Christians” in the following video. His questions focus on three hallmarks of a growing relationship with God. These questions would make good small group material or could also be used when mentoring someone one-on-one.

Evidence of God’s presence in your life How real has God been this week to your heart? Grace-Paced Living in a Burnout Culture. “I’m tired and I’m broken and I just need some rest.” These were pastor Pete Wilson’s words when he announced his surprise resignation from Cross Point, a megachurch in Nashville. He went on: Why the Church Doesn't Need Any More Coffee Bars. More and more on my social media feeds I have been seeing a lot of churches boast of the cool, trendy new initiatives that they have begun. I have seen pictures of coffee bars that resemble Starbucks. I have seen lighting that resembles one seen on Broadway. I have read catchy sermon titles and have seen how people have brought the movies into their sermons. My husband passed away February 14th, 2017 after a two year battle with cancer. (the last picture I took of my husband and I. I Begged God to Make Me Straight & He Never Answered. Here's Why. Fox, Levine and Associates. I am a mom. She Only Said "Yes" Once.

Here's How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel. How Jesus Called Out False Teachers and Deadly Doctrine - Tim Challies. What Does The Shack Really Teach? “Lies We Believe About God” Tells Us - Tim Challies. The Shack has sold twenty million copies and along the way generated at least twenty million conversations. Walk in the Word, James MacDonald Bible Teaching. T.D. Jakes Comes Out for ‘Gay Rights’ and ‘LGBT Churches,’ Says Position is ‘Evolving’

The Shack - Impressions. What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege. The Shack - The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment - It's Not Black Folks' Burden To Forgive Racist Killers. For Christians Who Feel Betrayed By Christianity. Should Christians Partner with Non-Christians on Social Issues? Another Pastor Bites The Dust – The United Methodist Church’s Surprising Announcement. What Martin Luther King Jr. Said About Violence As Protest - Nasty Canaanite Women. Have These False Goddesses Infiltrated Your Church? They Released 14 Wolves In A Park. But No One Was Prepared For THIS. What Happens Next Is A Miracle And Proves That We Must Take Care Of Our Amazing Planet. Have These False Goddesses Infiltrated Your Church? Dear Kids: What You Need to Know About Duck Dynasty, Justine Sacco, and Christmas – Ann Voskamp. The System Didn’t Work. Dutch Sheets: "Election 2016: The Christian's Dilemma"

Reconsidering My Opposition to Trump. How I found my life's passion by asking myself these ridiculous questions. Who Changed Things? Fitzgerald: Service on common is a rare public display. Shane Claiborne - Letter to Non-Believers by Shane Claibourne. What Media Get Wrong About Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity. You Won't Believe How Many Pastors Let LGBTs Serve in Church. Marco Rubio: Evangelicals Should Love Homosexuals, Not Judge Them. A Christian Approach to Same-Sex Marriage. . . Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice - Wayne Grudem. How to Listen When You Disagree: A Lesson from the Republican National Convention — Urban Confessional. Turkey's Erdogan Declares Coup Over After Clashes Kill Dozens. The Gaslighted Child. 10 Reasons I Don’t Want to Be Your White Ally.

Women Leaders in the Church // Kris Vallotton. Four Reasons Why Revival Is Not Enough - Bold Prophecy: Apostolic Women Arise and Pick Up Mantles of Old. Assemblies of God Pastor Sees Walkout after LGBT Rebuke TRUNEWS with Rick Wiles. The Gospel According to Ellen: Living a Practical Theology of Love. The Outrageous Attack on Conservative Christians After the Orlando Massacre. What the Bible Really Says About 'Transgender' What Non-Christians Really Think About Christians. Why You Need Apostolic Empowerment in Your Life. Twelve Different Kinds of Apostolic Leaders - Conflicts: Our Laboratories of Love. The Tragic Elimination of the Apostolic From the Church. Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers. Confronting the Current Church Leadership Crisis. Say Hard Things. On “tough love” and your fat friend’s health.

Why Atheists Are 'Fools' Federal Court: Schools May Not Provide Separate Bathrooms Based on Biology. Overcome the Spirit of Rejection by Laying This Aside. The Rise of Evangelical Feminism. Bullet Journal for Professionals – Journaling on the Job. Comments. Silence the World with Good Deeds. Lana Vawser: "The Heart of the United States of America is Groaning"

Reaching Your Unchurched Community the New Testament Way. How to Read a Book a Week. Leadership Journal. Did Moses Marry a Black Woman? : 9Marks. 12 Trail-Blazing Christian Women You Should Celebrate. Divorcing Your Church. Are You a Kingdom Prophet or a Church Prophet?